Conway Medical Center Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant for “Breaking Barriers in Conway” from the Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This is the first Komen grant for CMC’s Foundation.
With CMC Foundation’s current mammography initiative, the cost of a mammogram is covered for uninsured, indigent patients in Horry County, but once the mammogram is complete, the help ends. With the “Breaking Barriers in Conway” grant, additional services needed for breast health diagnosis will be funded. Patients qualifying for assistance through this grant will have access to services through CMC’s Center for Breast Health including; breast biopsies, surgical consultations, education and/or transportation.
“The issue we currently face is that for some uninsured patients that undergo mammogram and it turns out abnormal; they cannot afford further tests and biopsies to determine a proper diagnosis. This leads to patients not undergoing proper testing and neglecting the concern in their breast. With this grant we can reach out to these patients and in turn may be able to save lives and ensure quality care,” says Amy Thorn, Certified Breast Health Patient Navigator for CMC’s Center for Breast Health.
The Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested more than $5 million in local breast health and breast cancer programs in 17 counties in South Carolina.